More Primary Endorsements

07/24/2018
For Immediate Release:

(Groton, CT) – The Connecticut Citizens Defense League’s Executive Committee releases the following endorsements for the August 14th primary elections:

US Senate – Matthew Corey

5th Congressional District – Manny Santos  

9th State Senate District – Ed Charamut

14th State Senate District – Pam Staneski

100th House District – Tony Gennaro

116th House District – Roman Khondker

Previously released state-wide primary candidates:

Governor – Tim Herbst

Lieutenant Governor – Joe Markley

Attorney General – Sue Hatfield See here for explanation

State Treasurer – Art Linares

Statement on primary endorsements:
The Connecticut Citizens Defense has worked to evaluate numerous candidates for the August 14th primary election. As an organization, we ask our members to consider our endorsements when weighing their decision making, and help our endorsed candidates win their respective elections. Over the last eight years, legal gun owners and applicants for gun permits have been subject to unfair practices by our governor, certain legislators as well as several municipalities. 2018 can be a different outcome for lawful and responsible gun owners.


About the CCDL: The Connecticut Citizens Defense League was formed in 2009 by a small group of concerned citizens as a non-partisan organization to advocate second amendment rights in the state of Connecticut. Since their founding, the group has grown to over 30,000 members across the state.
Thanks to this large supportive base across the state the CCDL has become a fixture at the Capitol, and well-recognized by committees that see firearms related bills.

As the go-to organization in the state they are consulted regularly by lawmakers who have questions and concerns about pending legislation or existing laws. For more information on the CCDL please visit www.CCDL.us

 

CTGOP Convention Results

The 2018 Connecticut Republican Convention is now in the books, and overall CCDL did pretty well. Most of our endorsed candidates went on to be endorsed by their party at the convention as well. This puts them in the strongest possible position to win their respective primary elections.

Joe Markley – Lieutenant Governor
Sue Hatfield – Attorney General
Matthew Corey – U.S. Senate
Manny Santos –5th Congressional District

In the coming months, these candidates, as well as others we will be endorsing, will need YOUR help to win their primaries and the general election. Pick one, and offer to help. While all candidates need money, they need HELP even more. Just a few hours of your time can translate to dozens, even hundreds of votes.

The biggest disappointment of the weekend was the GOP pick for governor. It was close, some might even say improper, but in the end, the CTGOP picked Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton as their endorsed candidate. Apparently the CTGOP leadership did not learn anything from 2014 and John McKinney. Gun owners will simply not support someone with a proven antigun track record like Mark Boughton.
As CCDL President Scott Wilson said recently during an interview:

“CCDL feels that Mark Boughton is the worst nominee for gun owners in the Republican party, Our concern is having a governor who will sign whatever anti-gun legislation that comes his way. Tens of thousands of gun owners probably will not show up in a general election if he wins in a primary.”

We hope our members join us in ensuring Boughton does NOT win the primary. While the dust from the convention has not settled yet, we are certain that far more 2nd Amendment friendly candidates will be entering the primary election. CCDL members must work together to send one of those to the November elections, and onward to the Governor’s office.

It’s Time To Rally!

Are you ready for a 2A Rally?
It’s time to remind the gun-grabbers that we’re still here, and we still VOTE.

If you have been outraged by anti-gun propaganda rallies and blatant calls to repeal the 2nd Amendment, then this rally is your chance to speak out against those who would take your rights.
Let’s swarm the Capitol grounds, and show this state that we will not give up our rights quietly.

DATE: Saturday, April 14, 2018
TIME: 11am until 1pm (or later)
PLACE: Connecticut State Capitol, 210 Capitol Ave, Hartford

It will once again be at the State Capitol, north side facing Bushnell Park. All lawful forms of carry are permitted on the Capitol grounds, but remember Bushnell Park is a so-called “Gun Free Zone“.

More info coming soon, as final details get hammered out.

Helpful Links
Flyer to print out and hang in your local club or gun shop: Rally Flier.pdf
Directions to the State Capitol
Parking Information
Facebook Event Page

Membership in CCDL is 100% free. We don’t charge any membership dues, and we rarely beg for donations.
Events like this cost thousands of dollars to put on.
If you would like to help defray the costs of this rally, please consider making a contribution. CLICK HERE TO DONATE


Rally Pic

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Rally Location

Judiciary Votes To Raise More Gun Bills

Today the Connecticut Judiciary Committee met and voted to raise two more gun related bill concepts this legislative session, An Act Concerning Lawfully Carrying Firearms in State Parks and An Act Concerning Lifetime Ammunition Permits.
We do not have the bill numbers or language at this time. The Judiciary Committee just voted to raise the bill concepts and will hold a public hearing soon (date to be determined).

You can see the full agenda of today’s meeting here: https://www.cga.ct.gov/2018/JUDdata/ca/2018ca-00221-R001100JUD-ca.htm

Be sure that you are receiving CCDL’s member emails which include our action alerts. Normally we send out 1-2 emails a month, so if you haven’t seen an email from us in a while, make sure you check your spam folder and white-list us. We usually only get a few days advance notice on public hearings, so it’s important you find out about them as soon as possible.

Update on Proposed Ban In Southbury

For prior posts about this proposed gun ban in Southbury, click here.

There was a great showing of CCDL members for the November 2nd board of selectmen’s meeting. Over 700 people were in attendance, and the vast majority were Second Amendment supporters. 48 people stood up and spoke against a firearm ban and only 13 people spoke in favor of such an ordinance.

After a presentation by Southbury’s Resident State Trooper at the meeting, the trooper requested that the Board of Selectmen revisit and clarify two existing town firearm ordinances (one for town parks and one for town open spaces) to determine if these also ban permit holders or does a permit meet the “except by special permit” clause in the ordinances. Southbury Selectman George Bertram has said in an email, that he will also work to rescind both local ordinances that currently restrict legal firearms in Southbury. He doesn’t believe that Southbury should be in the business of adding restrictions to the legal carry of firearms. He said, “CT has enough (restrictions) already, in my humble opinion.”

The board of selectmen ran out of meeting time because they only had the use of the high school until 11PM. They had to table their discussion about the firearms ordinance until the November 16th meeting. Their next meeting will most likely again be at Pomperaug High School, 234 Judd Rd, Southbury, CT at 7PM in the auditorium. They will most likely not take any more public comments at the next meeting, but will vote on whether or not to continue to explore a firearms ban on town property, town building and at town events. With this proposal coming from the Southbury Democratic Town Committee and with the Republicans still holding the majority of the seats on the board after the elections, it is unlikely that this will move forward.

CCDL will of course continue to monitor the situation, and alert our members and supporters if further action is required.

Proposed Gun Ban In Southbury

Southbury town meeting on proposed gun ban; Thursday, November 2nd at 7:00PM at the Pomperaug High School auditorium.

The Southbury Democratic Town Committee (SDTC) has requested that the Board of Selectmen consider an ordinance to prohibit firearms on all town property. Ultimately, making these places “Gun Free Zones”.

The Board of Selectmen voted to explore this idea further, and added it to the agenda for their October 19th meeting.

You can see the SDTC letter here: Southbury DTC Gun Control Letter (pdf)

Many of the hundreds of Southbury CCDL members and supporters came out to the October 19th meeting to voice their concerns on this proposed town gun ban. So many, the meeting was rescheduled due to crowd size. The new date and location is Thursday, November 2nd at 7:00PM at the Pomperaug High School auditorium, 234 Judd Rd, Southbury, CT. You should plan on arriving early, and sitting in the front of the room. (Please remember that schools are gun free zones)

CCDL is asking ALL our members, especially those in Southbury and surrounding towns to attend this November 2nd Board of Selectmen’s meeting, along with any upcoming public hearings (TBD). We need our members to strongly voice their opposition to such a proposed ordinance. You do not need to speak, but we need 2nd Amendment supporters in attendance. Wear your CCDL swag if you own any.

The antigun extremists are sending people to this meeting from all over the state to make it appear as though most Southbury residents are in favor of unconstitutional gun bans. They even have the audacity to claim that legally carrying a firearm in public is somehow “brandishing”. Can you believe that?

If the town of Southbury removes your ability to defend yourself and your loved ones, will the town and it’s taxpayers guarantee your safety and assume the liability if something does happen?

Southbury residents are encouraged to send their selectmen a simple email, asking them to not support any ordinance that would restrict law-abiding people from carrying a firearm for self-defense.

Selectmen Emails:

First Selectman Jeff Manville Selectman@southbury-ct.gov

Selectman George Bertram Selectman.Bertram@southbury-ct.gov

Selectman Justin Bette Selectman.Bette@southbury-ct.gov

Selectman Jason Buchsbaum Selectman.Buchsbaum@southbury-ct.gov

Selectman Jennifer Naylor Selectman.Naylor@southbury-ct.gov

Selectman Mike Rosen Selectman.Rosen@southbury-ct.gov

State Budget Proposal

To our fellow members and supporters

CCDL is well aware of the budget proposal by the Governor to drastically increase the fees for pistol permit applications and renewals. We are actively working on counter-proposals to help mitigate the costs that Governor Malloy has proposed.

His proposal would negatively impact Connecticut citizens who merely wish to protect themselves and their families. His plan calls to put his failed policies on the backs of Connecticut gun owners.

We will keep our members updated every step along the way

Scott Wilson
President
CCDL, Inc.

Poker Run Tomorrow

Don’t forget! The CCDL Poker Run is tomorrow! The weather is looking like a great autumn day, so come on out and enjoy a nice ride or drive followed by food, music and prizes.
See details here: http://ccdl.us/blog/poker-run-2016/
Note, the post has been updated with directions to each stop and a map.
See you there!

New Open Carry Memorandum

The state just issued an new memorandum concerning open carry.
Hopefully this clarifies the issue if open carry is legal (with a permit), and if you need to show your permit to the police if asked.
Here is the first page and a half, out of six pages:

open carry memo 2-2016

Now please go and read the whole thing. It covers how they may “request” your permit, and how they might then use things against you.

You may read the full memorandum and download a copy here:
open-carry-memo-feb-2016 (pdf)

Blog Updates Via Email

CCDL is the best resource there is to stay up-to-date on pending gun legislation and issues here in Connecticut. For the newer members, we’ll repeat a few older posts to help you get the most from this resource.

CCDL usually sends out 1-2 emails a month to keep our members updated on what’s going on with the organization and our gun rights. With the political climate the way it is, things sometimes happen far too fast to wait for a monthly email. A good way to stay up to date with everything happening is to subscribe to this blog. Just look down the right side of the blog home page (http://ccdl.us/blog/) and you will see a place to enter your email address. It looks like this:

Simply enter your email address and press the subscribe button.
You will then get a confirmation email from “CCDL Blog”. Open that email and press the Confirm Follow button. Now you will get an email when there is a new post here. Don’t worry, if you ever change your mind, every email has a link to unsubscribe.

One last thing, if you are active on Facebook, besides the Official CCDL page, there is also a CCDL discussion group. It’s a good place to interact with fellow CCDL members.